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"Fervent Prayer"

Sarah Collard, Artist from Canada

Fervent Prayer

Artist's Biography

Sarah Collard is a Canadian artist living in Hamilton, Ontario, born and raised in Burlington, Ontario. For the past year, she has enjoyed having a studio on James Street North where the art world is active and fun. Upon returning to the area, Sarah has exhibited at the Burlington Art Centre, Arts Hamilton and Blinc Studios, Toronto. She is a graduate from the University of Waterloo (BRA), Nipissing University (BED) and Sheridan College (Computer Graphics). She is a painter, draughtsman and public artist. She has been the recipient of various awards; Mural of the Year 2010 and 2009, Judges Choice (Burlington Fine Arts Association) and a Manitoba Arts Council Grant/. Collard began selling her artwork at the Green Brier Art Gallery in the Swan River Balley. She worked as an Artist in the Schools with Manitoba Arts Council and gained experience as a visual arts educator, teaching for the Borderland School Division, the Louis Riel School division and Linden Christian School. She also began studying towards a Masters in Education at the University of Manitoba. Her work has been exhibited at the Winnipeg Folk Exchange, Piano Nobile Gallery, Assiniboine Park Conservatory,. Cre8ery Galler, Punch Gallery, MAWA, Outworks Gallery, Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery, Medea Gallery, Fleet Gallery and the Winnipeg Art Gallery in Manitoba. She has served on the Manitoba Association of Arts Education and the Burlington Fine Arts Association.

Throughout 15 years, Sarah has painted 43 murals throughout Manitoba and Ontario. "Portraits of the Past" was completed in Toronto in 2008 (Mural#10) as part of the Islington Mosaic and "A Vision Realized" was completed in Scarborough in 2010 for the Midland Park Community Association. Collard has established herself as a full time professional artist in Manitoba and the Greater Toronto Area. This year Sarah's studio will be at the Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, where she will continue to create a body of work annually.

Artist's Statement

"Fervent prayer was my response to a difficult situation.  When I had nowhere else to turn and I was isolated physically and emotionally, I turned to God and developed a relationship with Jesus.  This relationship that I had with Him became more real to me and provided more solace than any person could have ever done at the time.  One day after the police came to our house to speak to my husband, I looked at my very round belly (I was 6 months pregnant), overcome with grief, I ran out to the garden at the back of the house, knelt down, raised my hands toward heaven and wailed.  In the midst of the turmoil, I chose to praise my Creator and acknowledge His goodness which although difficult at the time, was the best response.  Two years after we were married my husband confessed to behaviour that revealed a conflicted heart.  It was then that I realized I needed to forgive!"